There was a mad man and he had a mad wife

And they lived in a mad town.

And they had children three at a birth

And mad they were every one.


The father was mad, the mother was mad,

And the children mad beside.

And they all got on a mad horse

And madly did they ride.


They rode by night and they rode by day,

Yet never a one of them fell.

They rode so madly all the way

Till they came to the gates of hell.


Old Nick was glad to see them so mad

And gladly let them in,

But he soon grew sorry to see them so merry

And let them out again.


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